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Richardson, Lupardus selected JCCC female and male athletes of the year

05/04/17

Richardson, Lupardus selected JCCC female and male athletes of the year

Richardson and Lupardus MVPsOVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Johnson County Community College sophomores Austin Richardson of the women’s basketball team and freshman Anthony Lupardus of the men’s basketball team were announced as the 2016-17 female and male JCCC Athletes of the Year at the annual Athletics Awards Ceremony on May 3. In addition, sophomore Kai Wesemann of the volleyball team and sophomore Rogi Solorzano of the men’s soccer team, were the top female and male Academic Athletes of the Year.

Richardson’s honor caps an amazing career that saw her lead the Lady Cavaliers basketball program to a mark of 64-4 over her two seasons while become just the fourth player in team history to register over 800 career points and 500 career rebounds. This past season, Richardson led Johnson County to a 33-3 record, conference and District titles and a NJCAA National runner-up finish.  As a freshman, Richardson led JCCC to the first undefeated regular season in school history and a conference title.

Richardson averaged a double-double of 15.1 points and 10.7 rebounds and finished as the conference’s leading rebounder and No. 3 scorer. She gobbled up a suitcase full of honors. She was a 2017 NJCAA first-team All-American, a first-team All-Region VI D-II and first-team All-Jayhawk D-II Conference selection. She also was selected to the NJCAA All-Tournament team, voted MVP of the Jayhawk D-II Conference and was a five-time conference player of the week pick.  

For her career, Richardson ranks 16th all-time with 814 points, and ninth with 569 rebounds and 197 free throws and eighth with 57 blocks. Richardson will continue her career at the University of Kansas.

Lupardus led the Cavaliers to a 26-10 record, a Region/District title and an eighth place finish at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament last season. At nationals, he was given the Jack Custriano Best Small Award, and was named first-team All-Region VI D-II and second-team All-Jayhawk D-II Conference. Lupardus was also twice selected the Kansas Jayhawk Conference D-II Player of the Week during the season.

Lupardus led Johnson County in scoring at 15.8 points per game, and led the conference in total points scored with 569. He also ranked second in free throw percentage, fourth in points average and 3-point baskets, and seventh in field goal accuracy. His 569 points are the fifth-most by a freshman in team history and rank 16th overall on JCCC’s season chart.

The following are the 2016-17 award winners for each JCCC athletic team:

Sport

MVP

Cavalier

Academic

Baseball

Brendan Stanek

Matt Warkentin

Austin Hoegerl

Women’s Basketball

Austin Richardson              

Arielle Jackson

Tantashea Giger

Men’s Basketball

Anthony Lupardus

Brenden Baier

Anthony Schrader

Women’s Cross Country

Yulissa Dela Torre

Alexis Almloff

Emily Ellis

Men’s Cross Country

Kyle McRoberts

Chyrspus Muema

Ryan Anderson

Women’s Soccer

Elisa Vega

Chloe Harrington

Ellen Terhune

Men’s Soccer

Lukcus Palmer

Caleb Cothrin

Rogi Solorzano

Softball

Megan Deiter

Paige Bomberger

Megan Dieter

Women’s Track

Lara Spaulding

Amanda Whitney

Jana Kotzman

Men’s Track

Laurel Heath

Carter Grissom

Jacob Buchanan

Volleyball

Stevie Sherard

Sydney Ross

Kai Wesemann

Dance

Alyssa Boyce

Breanne Smith

Breanne Smith

Athletic Training

Austin Foley

David Rich

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For schedules, rosters, and other team information, go to www.jccc.edu/cavs.